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New report on aboriginal food security

A new report entitled

Aboriginal Food Security in Northern Canada: An Assessment of the State of Knowledge has recently been published by the Council of Canadian Academies, after a request by the Ministry of Health. The report, written by an Expert Panel, indicates that food insecurity among northern Aboriginal peoples requires urgent attention in order to mitigate impacts on health and well-being, and offers policy-makers a starting-point for discussion and problem-solving, as well as evidence and options to researchers and communities engaging in local responses.

Read the full PRESS RELEASE (PDF).

Key findings

  1. Food insecurity is a serious problem in

    northern and remote Aboriginal communities across Canada.

  2. Food security is a complex issue with significant implications for health and wellness.
  3. There is no single way to “solve” food security issues in the North. A range of holistic approaches is required.
  4. There is a nutrition transition taking place in the rapidly changing North.
  5. The concepts of food security and food sovereignty are equally important in understanding the problem and finding effective, multi-sectoral solutions.
  6. Many factors enable or serve as barriers to food security and food sovereignty.
  7. There is no single experience of food insecurity.
  8. There exists a strong body of research and traditional knowledge with respect to food security and northern Aboriginal health, but several knowledge gaps persist.
  9. The food security measurement methods used to date have been valuable, but their ability to respond to the complex issue of food security in the northern

    Canadian Aboriginal context is limited.

For more information, visit the Council of Canadian Academies online. The full report is available for download here.


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